He's coming off a 2017 PGA Tour of Australasia season that yielded him Player of the Year honours compliments of his brilliant two-shot victory at 13th Beach Golf Links at last year’s Vic Open before he won his third professional title in May at the WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie.
“It wasn’t the back end of the season that I was hoping for but I’ve done a bit of work in the last month so hopefully I can turn it around this week," the 26-year-old said.
After a busy international schedule playing predominately on the European Challenge Tour as well as events on the Asian Tour, Papadatos took some well deserved time off before beginning his 2018 season this week on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula.
“I’ve been pretty relaxed, I haven’t been playing the best, I did a bit of fishing over Christmas; hopefully that will help me out,” joked Papadatos.
“I well and truly switched off for a couple of weeks, but the last month or so has just been trying to sort everything out in my full game, a bit of exercise and some more practice, just trying to iron out the creases.”
The New South Welshman is no stranger to defending big PGA Tour of Australasia titles having won his first pro event at the 2014 New Zealand Open.
“There are some expectations given I won last year and that sort of stuff but I don’t really worry about that too much,” added Papadatos.
“Everyone starts off the same, especially this early in the year. Each week is a fresh week.”
The Oates Vic Open signals Papadatos’ first competitive hit out of the year and while he admittedly says he hasn’t hit peak form, he’s looking forward to seeing how he measures up prior to a run of five PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments.
“It’ll be good to see where my game is at this week. I didn’t have any smaller events leading in to this week and this one’s a pretty big one to start off with so you want to be pretty sharp straight up,” added Papadatos.
“It’s a tough field this week and tough courses but hopefully my game is on.”
The Oates Vic Open is one of the most unique pro golf tournaments in the world with both the men and women playing on the same courses in the same week.
This year the tournament’s growing popularity has seen the prize money increased to AUD $1.3 million to be split equally between the men and women.
“There are grandstands out here this year so I’m expecting some pretty big crowds which is always nice as a player, I’m looking forward to it," Papadatos said.
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